Current World No. 3, Jordy Smith (ZAF) dominated the finals of the Vans World Cup, the second stop of the Vans Triple Crown. This win marks the first ever event that Jordy Smith has won in Hawaii throughout his professional career. Smith battled it out with lethal competitors, including Frederico Morais (PRT), Torrey Meister (HAW), and Tanner Gudauskas (USA)
The Vans World Cup is a World Surf League Qualifying Series 10,000 rated event, which makes this a very important event for many of the athletes. While several surfers were trying hard to secure qualification to the World Championship Tour, Smith secured his second competitive victory for 2016 after winning Hurley Pro back in September.
The final heat started with Gudauskas setting the pace with his 5.0 score from strong backhand turns. Smith answered back with his own 6.33 ride by showcasing his rail maneuvers. Morais later on set up a score to beat, taking the lead with his 8.23 from a nice carve and a layback snap on the inside section. Morais had an overall solid performance, but a few mistakes cut him short from winning the event. However, his performance for the Vans World Cup earned him the number 3 slot in the QS ratings.
Meister, who represents Hawaii, went vertical on his first wave and secured a 4.77. But Jordy’s 8.73 came out to be the highest single wave score for the Final heat, and it earned him a good head start against his opponents. His consistent solid performance ultimately secured him the event win.
The 2016 International Qualifying series has been concluded following the conclusion of the Vans World Cup event. The results of the event have shaken up the rankings and some of the hopeful athletes have been able to secure their slots in the top 10, earning them a ticket to compete in the 2017 World Championship Tour.
Here is what the QS rankings now look like post Vans World Cup:
Meanwhile, Fredrico Morais’ runner-up finish in today’s event enabled him to overtake John John Florence in the Vans Triple Crown Ratings. He now sits at a comfortable 16000 points, 3700 points ahead of Florence, who got eliminated in the fourth round by Gudauskas. Ethan Ewing, meanwhile, has secured the Vans Triple Crown Rookie Award as a result of his superb performance throughout the event.
The surfers now move to Pipeline for the Billabong Pipe Masters event. It is the final event of the 2016 Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour and the last stop for the Vans Triple Crown. The Pipe Masters event is set to take place between December 8-20, 2016.
Watch the highlights of the Finals Day for the Vans World Cup in the video below: